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Japan PM reiterates that Tokyo wants South Korea to keep its promises, rebuild trust

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks on after placing a flower at an altar at a memorial service ceremony marking the the 74th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two, while Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako watch, in Tokyo, Japan August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday Japan still expects South Korea to keep its promises on the contentious issue of wartime forced labour and to work to rebuild trust.

Abe’s comments followed South Korea’s announcement on Thursday that it was ending an intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan amid a dispute over compensation for South Koreans pressed into wartime labour during Japan’s occupation of Korea.

Relations between the East Asian neighbours began to deteriorate late last year following a South Korean Supreme Court order for Japanese companies to compensate some of their wartime forced labourers. Japan condemned the ruling, saying the matter was resolved by a 1965 treaty normalising ties.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Paul Tait